Planet Ocean: tides are changing
The ocean covers over 70% of the planet. It
is our life source, supporting humanity’s sustenance and
that of every other organism on earth.
The ocean produces at least 50% of the
planet’s oxygen, it is home to most of earth’s biodiversity,
and is the main source of protein for more than a billion
people around the world. Not to mention, the ocean is key to
our economy with an estimated 40 million people being
employed by ocean-based industries by 2030.
Even though all its benefits, the ocean is
now in need of support.
With 90% of big fish populations depleted,
and 50% of coral reefs destroyed, we are taking more from
the ocean than can be replenished. We need to work together
to create a new balance with the ocean that no longer
depletes its bounty but instead restores its vibrancy and
brings it new life.
“Planet Ocean: tides are changing”, is the
theme for World Oceans Day 2023 - the UN is joining forces
with decision-makers, indigenous leaders, scientists,
private sector executives, civil society, celebrities, and
youth activist to put the ocean first.